Skoda Rapid facelift spied ahead of festive season launch

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1.5L TDI engine expected to get a power boost. 

The spyshots here show the Skoda Rapid facelift on test, ahead of a launch reported to take place in the festive season period this year. Testers have camouflaged the headlight and front bumper hinting that cosmetic updates can be expected in these areas.

2016 Skoda Rapid facelift front India spied
The Skoda Rapid has continued largely unchanged cosmetically since its launch in November 2011.

The rest of the sedan, based on the VW Vento, looks unchanged. Previous spyshots have shown new seat fabrics, though the switchgear and steering wheel seem carried over from the current Rapid. However, Skoda, like VW, could introduce new features like rain sensing wipers, auto dimming internal rear-view mirror, a Mirrorlink connectivity touchscreen system with phone book/SMS viewer, reverse camera and rear parking sensors and Android support.

The MirrorLink system has already been launched on the VW Vento, and is announced to be an integral feature on the forthcoming VW Ameo. As the Rapid shares its underpinnings and components with these cars, it will only be logical to expect MirrorLink on the Skoda as well.

2016 Skoda Rapid facelift India spied
The 1.6-liter MPi engine is paired to 5MT and 6AT gearboxes.

Also read: 2016 Skoda Superb – Review

However, expect the Skoda Rapid to continue with its 1.6-liter MPi and 1.5-liter TDI engines. The latter is expected to receive a larger turbocharger and an accompanying bump in power output. The TDI diesel engine on the Rapid facelift will continue to be offered with 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG gearboxes.

Rivals: VW Vento, Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna
Expected Price: INR 8-13 lakhs (ex-showroom)
Expected Arrival: September-October 2016

Euro-spec Skoda Rapid – Image Gallery

[Source: MotorBeam]

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